Researchers linked China to a large-scale spam network, trying to influence YouTube videos (from some hijacked channels) through “clumsy” translation and computer-borne voices. Google said that it had disrupted the network, including the removal of over 3,000 channels and had no practical access. There are no “significant” coordinated impact campaigns on platforms targeting voters, Google said.
The company also pointed to North Korean groups trying to compromise COVID-19 researchers and pharmaceutical companies in September through phishing and malware.
Google has also played a role. They are less common than state-supported groups, but Google pointed to a distributed denial of service attack in 2017 that portrayed the threats. The tech pioneer had to absorb an attack using 2.5Tbps bandwidth spread across several Chinese Internet providers. DDoS attacks require a “coordinated response” from the Internet, and Google has promised to report those efforts when it is believed they have state-based origins.